How to Travel For Free + other Weekly Discoveries

The comedy of high fashion, flying the world for free, Photoshop tricks, and more…


Wouldn’t we all love to travel indefinitely? Amazingly, it’s actually possible — you just need to know the right tricks. Learn how to use the free reward points on new credit cards to rack up flight miles and get flights for free, then use pet/house-sitting sites to find places to stay for free, then work odd jobs or run a small business while on the road. Sounds like an exciting lifestyle to me! Do you think that sounds like a great life, or do you prefer to stay put?

How to Travel For Free + other Weekly Discoveries

This Woman Went Vegan for 60 Days, as an Experiment

Beyoncé, Jared Leto and Mike Tyson are all fans of the vegan lifestyle – but is giving up meat, fish and dairy good for you? Veteran carnivore Anna Magee decided to find out.

How to Travel For Free + other Weekly Discoveries

Up in the Air: Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free

Last year, a young man walked into the Seattle airport and took the next flight to anywhere — and he hasn’t come down since. Here’s how he does it.

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How to Travel For Free + other Weekly Discoveries

Photoshop Tricks from a Master

Photoshop genius Erik Johansson shows how his mind-bending pics are born.

How to Travel For Free + other Weekly Discoveries

The Comedy of High-Fashion

A French stylist spoofed the fashion industry — and the results are actually quite remarkable.

‘The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.’
-Albert Einstein

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Reader Discussion: 39 Comments

  1. Avatar of Wairimu Gitau

    I totally love traveling for free doing odd jobs and offering to do them. Having lived in different cities in Kenya and Canada, free traveling comes in handy! Free cleaning, sitting house, cooking services all boosts free-travel adventures. I also put people up for free here in Nairobi, Kenya in the hope they’ll do the same if am ever in their cities.

  2. Avatar of Geraldina Lee

    Geraldina Lee

    It is always a pleasure to anybody to get a free travel flight. I am not different from others. So, I can’t wait to get free flights.

  3. Avatar of Sarah Ubitel

    Sarah Ubitel

    Gosh, I don’t think I could be that diligent about getting my flights for free. Kudos to him though, it’s pretty awesome that he’s managing to make it work : )

  4. Avatar of Franny Pimms

    Franny Pimms

    Interesting article about flying free!!! Great tips actually. Using credit cards with bonuses like these are awesome as long as you treat it like debit cards as he said. We have been meaning to do it as my father and someone else I know get a lot of money (they don’t use the airline mileage kind) back at the end of the year and use it to take vacations with. Again just make sure you use it for all your normal purchases and then pay it off every month.

  5. Avatar of Gwen Keaton

    Gwen Keaton

    So this guy who travels for free is in fact stealing his flights from his fellow passengers. Well if he is comfortable lying and conning people to get free stuff or upgrades this is totally good for him!!!

  6. Avatar of Irene Morales

    Irene Morales

    Really interesting article, definitely makes me want to give it a try. But I completely disagree with meat eaters getting defensive – it is almost always because they come under attack – usually within the first 12 seconds of a conversation with a vegan. This is definitely my experience anyway, and being a vegetarian myself, I know a lot of vegans! 🙂

    • Avatar of Gerry Carlton

      Gerry Carlton

      They are indeed surprisingly defensive, it’s a guilty conscience, all that blood on their hands for what is essentialy an entirely unnecessary consumption.

  7. Avatar of Amanda Roberts

    Amanda Roberts

    I think the article about Anna Magee was well balanced on the whole. As with most things, vegan is not one size fits all but one can take what will work for them from a vegan, paleo or vegetarian diet. Articles such as this one show that trying a new approach may be beneficial but one also has to do their own research. Human nature being what it is, when we feel great after a major life change, be it exercise, quit smoking, weight loss, staving off cancer etc., we want to share it with everyone because we want them to feel as good as well.

  8. Avatar of Melinda Hart

    This guy should be a little bit …realistic. Some of us were frequent fliers long befere he had a bike …. The article is a “full promotional” – as he is a reporter and the fares he put are not real. There are no such things like ” small fees” under 20 for an international airport for long flights… the rest is bla, bla … Like all the others “crocodile national geografic trainers journalists…” when you have nothing to do and somebody realize that you’ll write anything for them …of course they pay for the trips a few thousands. So , dear “frequent flyer lounge user ” with over 300,000 miles … I used to have over 3 milions miles …. so maybe you fool some , even a lot of “dreamers” in a world where ” to spend less than 20 USD per days become more important than the place you visit” … the new global web free of charge for nothing else that a few “selfies” …

  9. Avatar of Debbie Jones

    Debbie Jones

    I enjoyed the article about 60 days vegan diet trial, which I found interesting. May I add that when I became a vegan, I also had a considerable improvement in oral hygiene to the extent that it was remarked upon by the dentist. However in my own case I had given up most refined carbohydrate also, which bacteria use as their food source.

  10. Avatar of Julia MacLean

    Julia MacLean

    So basically the guy is a leech, contributes very little, and someone else winds up bearing the actual cost of his travel. Kind of what we might expect from someone who reports for TP. Nice…

    • Avatar of Janet Roper

      No, he actually learns about the programs and uses the rules to his advantage. I’m sure you would like it if only your corporate masters held people to the terms and conditions that we all agree to but when someone actually uses the terms and conditions to their advantage then they are a leech, right? You’re in wrong!

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